Three sus­pects ar­rested in Cen­tre­ville bur­glar­ies

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CEN­TRE­VILLE — Three sus­pects have been ap­pre­hended in a string of rob­beries that have left North­brook res­i­dents feel­ing un­easy for the past sev­eral weeks. Cen­tre­ville Po­lice Chief Charlie Rhodes re­ported that early Fri­day morn­ing, Feb. 3, a res­i­dent in the North­brook com­mu­nity re­ported see­ing a sub­ject en­ter­ing his ve­hi­cle.

Cen­tre­ville Po­lice quickly re­sponded to look for the sub­ject, Rhodes said. The first unit that ar­rived lo­cated a dark col­ored Chevro­let Ta­hoe parked in the far area of the de­vel­op­ment. As the of­fi­cer ap­proached the Ta­hoe, an in­te­rior light came on and sev­eral sub­jects ran from the ve­hi­cle.

Cen­tre­ville Po­lice of­fi­cers gave chase and were able to cap­ture one of the sus­pects. Ad­di­tional units from the Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice and Mary­land State Po­lice re­sponded and as­sisted with the search, lo­cat­ing and ar­rest­ing a sec­ond sus­pect, con­firmed Lt. Dale Pa­trick, spokesman with the sher­iff’s of­fice.

The search con­tin­ued for a third sus­pect. An un­marked unit kept sur­veil­lance on the Ta­hoe, and the third per­son soon re­turned to the ve­hi­cle and at­tempted to leave North­brook, po­lice said. The Ta­hoe was stopped and the sus­pect ar­rested with­out

in­ci­dent, they said.

Jeremy Scott Humphries, age 25 of Lan­ham, An­drew James Buter, 24, of Bowie, and Joseph Paul Boyer, 25, of Bowie were taken into cus­tody.

Both po­lice agen­cies re­ported find­ing nu­mer­ous stolen tools, GPS units, sun­glasses, clothing, a trum­pet and other items in the Ta­hoe. As of­fi­cers looked over the items, sev­eral pieces were iden­ti­fied as items taken from Earle Branch, Up­per Mill and lo­ca­tions near Church Hill over the past two weeks in other bur­glar­ies.

A post on the “I live in North-Brook” Face­book page has led to sev­eral vic­tims re­spond­ing to the Cen­tre­ville Po­lice to iden­tify and re­claim their prop­erty. Rhodes said there re­main nu­mer­ous items still to be re­turned, in­clud­ing sev­eral pieces of qual­ity jew­elry that ap­pear to have been taken from the same vic­tim.

As of late Fri­day even­ing, the three sus­pects re­mained in cus­tody with a joint in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­u­ing by Cen­tre­ville Po­lice and the sher­iff’s of­fice. Law en­force­ment agen­cies from the western shore have also been con­tacted and are aid­ing in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Court records show Humphries sched­uled for trial April 3 in Queen Anne’s County on five mis­de­meanor charges, in­clud­ing theft, dis­or­derly con­duct and fail­ure to obey a law­ful or­der, and one felony charge of theft greater than $1,000. Humphries posted bond and has been re­leased pend­ing trial.

Boyer has been or­dered to ap­pear for a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing, March 8, on one charge of rogue and vagabond, a mis­de­meanor, and one felony charge of theft over $1,000.

Cen­tre­ville Po­lice re­mind and urge cit­i­zens to al­ways lock their ve­hi­cles, houses, at­tached garages and out­build­ings. When at all pos­si­ble, al­ways re­move valu­ables from the ve­hi­cles or at least make sure they are not in plain sight.

Rhodes said, “As al­ways, if you see some­thing strange or out of the or­di­nary, say some­thing.”

JOSEPH PAUL BOYER

JEREMY SCOTT HUMPHRIES

AN­DREW JAMES BUTER

CON­TRIB­UTED PHO­TOS

Mul­ti­ple stolen items were lo­cated in this Chevro­let Ta­hoe on Feb. 3.

The view from an up­stairs win­dow in the com­mu­nity of North­brook on Feb. 3 while of­fi­cers from the Cen­tre­ville Po­lice De­part­ment and Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice con­ducted an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into stolen prop­erty.

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